The picture shows coach, golfers and guides at the end of their training.

About Insight Golf Worcestershire

HOW IT ALL BEGAN

In March 2010, Russell Adams the professional golf coach at Gaudet Luce Golf Club in Droitwich Spa, met up with Christine Belcher who worked for the local independent sight loss charity Sight Concern Worcestershire .

Gaudet Luce is the home of the English Blind Golf Association and they visit each year for tournaments and coaching weekends. Russell had been leading the coaching at these sessions for 6/7years and enjoyed the experience so much he wanted to set up coaching sessions for visually impaired people in Worcestershire.

Sight Concern Worcestershire had obtained funding to encourage people with sight loss to have the opportunity to try a sport which is not widely available and also encourage people who thought playing golf was no longer possible for them when they lost their sight to have another chance to play. Altogether in 2010 3x 6 week training courses were held and 12 people enjoyed learning or re-learning the game of golf.

The training culminated in a Texas Scramble on the 9 hole par 3 course at the Golf club held in October of that year and launched the start of the Worcestershire Blind Golf Association. A trophy was funded by the then Chairman of Sight Concern and it sits proudly in Reception of the Bradbury Centre in Worcester engraved with the winners names of Andy Muxlow, Charlie Langstone, Val Daniel and Daniel Browning.

In 2011 there was only the opportunity and funding to hold one more training course but the people who completed it really enjoyed themselves.

Russell and Christine were keen to keep the momentum going and talked about ways to bring the visually impaired golfers together so they could carry on learning the sport.

Insightgolf Worcestershire was formed on a cold day in January 2012 the aim is to encourage golfers to communicate with each other via the website, and a Facebook page to meet up for games/ matches both informal and organised.

They will be able to find information on training and coaching sessions to be set up by Russell and his staff by accessing the coaches page of the website.

Information for people interested in guiding.

The role of guide or golf buddy to a visually impaired golfer is a challenging and rewarding experience.

The golfer cannot get the most out of the training and coaching sessions without the aid of a guide. The guide builds up a level of trust with the golfer and they hopefully become a close knit team.

If the guide is already a golfer so much the better as they already have a good knowledge of the game and if they listen closely to the coaching they will pick up some very useful tips to improve their own game alongthe way!